8 Proven Turmeric Health Benefits You Need to Know

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Many of you probably know turmeric as that bright yellow spice that is often incorporated into curry.

In an article for PBS Food, Tori Avey, a highly acclaimed food writer, explained all the turmeric health benefits that has been used as a form of medicine for around 4,500 years.

Turmeric tastes great in many soups, vegetable dishes, and even teas.

TheKitchn.com has some excellent uses for this spice, but it can also be a great to use to fight congestion, any inflammation in your body, and heal wounds and skin conditions that could range from acne to shingles.

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What Are the Benefits of Turmeric?

Let’s take a look at some of the ways turmeric can benefit your health.

1.) Ease The Pain Associated With Psoriasis

Individuals who suffer from Psoriasis often have dry, itchy skin that can be extremely irritating to deal with.

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There is no cure for this disease, but the Journal of Cosmetics recently published a study on dermatological sciences and applications that give Psoriasis sufferers hope.

The study revealed that about 3/4th of the individuals who used turmeric based gel for about four months were completely symptom free at the end of this period of time.

Healthline also has a lot of insight when it comes to treating Psoriasis with turmeric, but the topical ointment it suggests is a simple paste that is made from one part turmeric and two parts water.

2.) Repair Small Cuts & Heal Open Wounds

TurmericforHealth.com informs us that this spice is often used in India to help heal wounds on the surface of your skin.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the wounds as well as anti-bacterial agents to help prevent a wound from becoming infected.

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The turmeric powder can be applied directly to the cut, or if you prefer, you can combine it with ginger paste to help to further reduce the pain.

3.) Reduce Inflammation In Your Body

In WebMD’s explanation of how turmeric is beneficial, they explain that the active ingredient in the spice is great for reducing inflammation and swelling in your body.

Those who suffer from eye inflammation, gum inflammation, Rheumatoid arthritis, and even Crohn’s disease can benefit from turmeric-based remedies.

LiveStrong suggests topical applications of this spice, but they also recommend taking it internally in the form of a tea.

Simply boil a teaspoon of turmeric into four cups of water and allow it to simmer for ten minutes.

The turmeric alone will greatly reduce the inflammation that your body is experiencing, but you can also add ginger if you like.

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4.) Helps Fight Against Cancer

CancerResearchUK.org has conducted studies that reveal that curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, is effective at killing cancer cells.

It also helps prevent more cancerous cells from growing, and is especially effective against, skin, breast, colon, and stomach cancer.

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In fact, according to NuritionalFacts.org, using a topical turmeric ointment is great for skin cancer.

Patients who experience ulcers from their cancer who have mixed turmeric with Vaseline and applied it to their skin three times a day have noticed a drastic decrease in the itch and the smell associated with the cancer wounds.

They have also noticed the ulcers and the wounds healing with continued use of the ointment.

5.) A Facial Scrub & Cleanser

Healthy-Holistic-Living.com has a few paste and scrub suggestions that use turmeric to cleanse the skin.

This powerful facial cleanser that is the best for clearing up acne is a combination of:

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  • ¼ a teaspoon of neem oil
  • ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • one to three drops of coconut essential oil or lavender essential oil.

Neem oil is derived from a tropical tree in India, so if you cannot find a source of this oil, use free-range milk to provide the same anti-fungal properties.

For the best results, let it dry for at least 30 minutes before removing it.

6.) Minimize Signs of Aging

Gerrie Summers of Multicultural Beauty uses turmeric as a skin polisher to help prevent signs of aging on her face.

The mixture is ¼ a teaspoon of turmeric, a tablespoon of chickpea flour, and two teaspoons of milk.

Once applied, allow the mixture to dry.

The milk will help tighten the wrinkles on your skin while the turmeric helps remove the dead skin.

The flour is important to keep the turmeric from staining your face.

7.) Improve Oral Hygiene

You are probably wondering how a yellow spice that can stain your skin can be used as a way to improve your oral hygiene.

Well, according to a study that was reported in the Journal for Contemporary Dental Practice, Turmeric can help prevent gingivitis and plaque buildup just as well or possibly even better that store bought mouthwash.

The Alternate Daily has some tips for creating your own mouthwash out of turmeric powder and warm water. You can even add a few drops of peppermint oil to give the mixture a minty taste.

As discussed in the International Journal of Oncology, the active ingredient in turmeric is also full of anti-cancer properties that can help prevent cancer cells from forming.

Turmeric for Health provides a few additional ways that turmeric can improve your dental hygiene, which include creating toothpaste out of a teaspoon of turmeric, ½ a teaspoon of mustard oil, and a pinch of salt.

8.) An Eczema Treatment

Eczema is another skin condition that leaves your skin dry, flaky, and often irritated. Eczema Holistic Healing blogger Jen suffered from severe eczema around her mouth, so she used a facial mask or paste to help clear up her skin.

By looking at the pictures she posted of her journey, you can see that the paste she created using a dash of turmeric powder and a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil did amazing things for her skin.

After one day, the difference was noticeable, and four days later her skin was as good as new. It does leave your skin slightly dyed, but that will fade in no time.

Now you have more reasons to have turmeric in your cabinet other than to use in a curry dish a few times a month.

These amazing turmeric health benefits range from treating a small cut to helping you fight against cancer growing inside your body.

How has turmeric benefited your health?

Share your experience and this article to help inform others of the benefits of turmeric.

Which of these turmeric health benefits do YOU like the best?

In the comments section below tell us which one is your favorite and why 🙂

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.

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